FOR SUCH A TIME
A phenomenal retelling of the Biblical story of Esther, Breslin’s debut novel is a must read. The compassionate soul of the protagonist set against the horrific background of WW II concentration camps provides a hauntingly beautiful portrait of the best and worst of mankind. From the first page to the last, readers will be captivated by this story of brutality and ultimately redemption that can only come from being confronted by an unconditional love.
For a reason unbeknownst to her, Stella Muller is rescued from the firing squad at Dachau and employed as the secretary of Colonel Aric von Schmidt, Kommandant of the transit camp Theresienstadt. As they get to know each other, Stella sees compassion in his heart and wonders if she can persuade him to save the Jews in the camp. However, with her secret of her Jewish ancestry closing in on her and an attempt on Aric’s life gathering steam, everything she has worked for and grown to love may be lost. (BETHANY HOUSE, Apr., 432 pp., $14.99)